I have several races close together in the months March, April and May, so this is another race week as this weekend I head south to Las Vegas to do BBSC's Rage Triathlon at Lake Mead. I haven't raced with BBSC before, but I have heard nothing but good things. I signed up for Rage as a good dress rehearsal for IM StG 70.3 just three weeks after. I wanted to be able to get into open water prior to StG, and I also wanted to tri out a new tri kit, and also fine tune some nutrition. I will be doing the Olympic distance at this race. they also offer a sprint and a 70.3. It really is a B race for me, as it is a prep/training day for StG, as mentioned before.
Things training wise have been good and bad. Bad, in that I haven't hit all my work outs due to a bit of a stomach bug the past few days. The bad cramping and GI issues would leave me in some compromising positions to try to bike or run, to say the least, I will leave it at that. However, I have hit the key work outs, meaning my long runs and rides and those are going well!
My last long ride I headed out to Antelope Island and decided to try every climb out there. There aren't any that are particularly long, but they are short and steep, one even reaching 24% grade. Needless to say I didn't get all the way up that, but I was able to get much further up it than I could last year. The other climbs I was able to do much easier (and faster according to my Strava data) than I could remember doing them last year! I love seeing progress like that and it is a confidence boost as I head into StG where, from what I hear, it is all about the HILLS!
My last long run was 10 miles. It seriously was the easiest 10 miles ever! I finished feeling great, like I could easily continue, and I was hardly sore at all! It also was a boost to know I am back to where I can knock out 10 miles with no problem! Yeah for seeing progress!
Rage will be very similar conditions to StG, from the weather, and the course. I am anxious to see how it goes. I will be driving down on Friday morning with friends and that is always fun as well. Race report will follow!
In the mean time, Happy training/racing all!